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COPY April 9, 1929. Dr, E. ?. Rohok State Geologist, yermi1!ion, So. Dak. De~ar Mr. ,&lothrock: I aebefor me yorltter of April 4th rel- atlve to Mr. do lds rquest for I normation on the pheasants In South ota. The eloed map gives you rathr a deixnite idp. of relative abn e of phaants in ourtate, the d~arker areas representing the sections in v hthe pheas- ants are most numerous. This, however* cannot be taken as con-cluive evidnse that these are provi o itions that are more conducive to the popagation of pheaas than oth- er seottons; the pheaszt bing asou know, semi-domestic and more homing in his habits n are most other game birds. An a result, areas In nh *hi original stock vas released ar the areas that are now, and have ben for a nubr of' years* most thickly populat.ed. From ou #bservations, the etire astern half of our state proves attractive to the phesant. Ths I attrib- ute largey to the fact that the pheaan will not thr'ive in undeveloped #setloe o? in 5tion# where faming oper- ations are not arred on rather xtensively. I am sending you an extra oopy of this letter in the eent you should desire to send it on to r. Leopold. Very truly yourst ENC. Dep r nt of Game and -iit, OIT MN _ _Directot
SEPTEMBER, 1941 WILL YOUR BIRDS BE FIT TO EAT? Wild birds cannot be handled in the same manner as poultry in pre- paring them for the table because they do not get the proper rest and quiet to keep body heat down, they cannot be thoroughly 'starved out' before killing, and they are not al- ways properly bled. In order that the hunter may pre- serve the meat and fine flavor of game birds it is recommended that the following rules be observed: Bleed Your bird on killing: To re- move body heat and impurities. Take out internals: To remove more heat and eliminate a place where souring might start. Wipe or wash out: To stop diges- tive acids from spoiling the bird. Carry head down: To open feathers at top so heat can escape. Never put in a box or, close mesh sack: This keeps heat from es- caping and causes condensation and spoiling. Lay side by side in car: Birds will cool on way home. Lay on cool floor or hang out by feet in cool place: Never bunch them. In warm weather: Dress birds out and hang in open air until dry, then place in icebox or cooler. Do not wet them again. If birds are dressed in the field, hunters must leave sufficient plum- age on the bird for the purpose of dis- tinguishing s;ex and specie. Failure to do so is a violation of the law and is subject to penalty. DOG DAYS ARE HERE! (Continued from Page 1) "Seeing as how you really want that bird," he woofs, "I'll see what I can do for you. Keep your shirt on a minute. I'll be right back." With that he's off on the run, down the fence row. In two minutes he's back, carrying the struggling phea- sant tenderly between his jaws. He puts it in your hand-and then fades into oblivion. The mysterious genie turns a deaf ear to all your fervent pleas for return of the dog. It's no use. You have your bird and the ethereal dog is gone. There's only one solution. You re- turn home, thumb through the back pages of a few sporting magazines,, write a letter, and enclose a check. In two weeks you're standing in the Express Office staring happily at a friendly little, long-eared pup that came on the morning train in a crate addressed to you- Your troubles are over! Yes, from now on hunting will be different. You'll get nearly every bird you shoot, you'll enjoy every moment in the field watching your dog work, and you'll love that dog the year around-season or no sea- son! PAGE FIVE